“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance.” Ecclesiastes 3:1,2(a),4 (NKJV)
I wish I would have known then what I know now.
Despite the 500 miles between us, Mom and I always spent her birthday together.
It went something like this…bear claw at Panera Bread for breakfast, shopping in the afternoon, dinner at her fav Italian restaurant, and then, to top off her special day, we had a bakery cake with roses and I sang her a birthday song.
But last year, she wanted to eat breakfast at home. She asked to skip the shopping and just go out for dinner, if that was okay with me.
Of course it was.
She picked at her dinner, saying she was “full” and that it would taste better for lunch the next day.
And, when the time came for her birthday cake, she smiled as I sang, but asked me to help her blow out the candles.
The next day, we went for her annual physical. She told Dr. B that her tummy had been bothering her.
That was the first I heard of it.
Within a week, Dr. B, with tears in her eyes, gave us the test results.
Stage IV colon cancer. Life expectancy: 3 months.
Tomorrow would have been her 85th birthday.
So today, I’m reminded of the seasons of life.
There is a time for each one, you know.
None of them last forever.
So, what should we do in our season of today?
Forgive and forget.
Take the time.
Show more love.
Dear One, whatever season you are in, just remember this: it won’t always be this way.
The past is gone. Don’t live there.
The future isn’t here. Don’t worry there.
Live in the season of today.
So, right now, I’m going to thank God for the seasons of my life.
All of them.
And remember my Mama.
And have a piece of cake.
Spread your joy,